National Dance Institute’s 2023 Event of the Year, “RISE: Celebrating the Life of Dr. Maya Angelou,” will bring together over 100 talented children from New York City public schools in a vibrant performance of dance and live music honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Maya Angelou. World renowned as an author, poet, civil rights activist, singer, and dancer, Maya Angelou used her voice to inspire and uplift people across the world. Her influence has spanned generations and her stories continue to encourage us to recognize and embrace the limitless potential within every person.

Directed by Bianca Johnson, with soul-stirring narration by Toni Blackman & Osyris Antham, “RISE” will feature special performances by NDI Helen Stambler Neuberger Artist-in-Residence LayeRhythm & Chrybaby Cozie, as well as new and original works created by NDI’s team of Choreographers and Musicians.

ASL Interpretation will be provided for every performance of the NDI Event of the Year.

For more information about National Dance Institute’s Benefit Dress Rehearsal on Friday, June 16th at 6pm, please call the NDI office at 212-226-0083.

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National Dance Institute 2023 Event of the Year Rise Celebrating the Life of Dr. Maya Angelou